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on 22 May 2013 in Food & Drinks
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“Stylish, wines, and tapas”, three words that describe Barça, a Spanish influenced restaurant that gives you the full dining experience. From tapas for lunch on their lovely terrace on the Marie Heinekenplein, to late night dinner from their a la carte or set tapas menu. On the weekends you can even find yourself on the dance floor, cocktail in hand, with some sweet tunes provided by local and upcoming DJ’s.
Lost & Found was invited to soak in Barça’s large selection of wines and taste the wide variety of different tapas on offer. We even managed to squeeze in a chat with Bouke de Jong, one of the 2 founders of the restaurant.
According to Bouke, Barça has been open since 2005. And out of the three restaurants that he has opened in Amsterdam, Barça was the first. With eight years of experience, and one renovation later, Barça still holds as one of the classier and popular places in the Pijp.
Upon entering one is immediately impressed by the sleek and modern touch of the interior, creating an oasis of sophistication, perhaps the antithesis of what the busy city of Barcelona is really like. Not to worry though, it’s a welcome change when you think of your regular tapas bars’ – only few can pull chaos off like the Spanish can.
Sitting in a comfy corner tucked in the back with a good overview of the restaurant, sipping on the house wine (my mother once told me if the house wine is good, it’s a good representative of the food to come), and indeed, all the different tapas platters were delicious. Particularly the potato wedges and the lamb chops, a simple enough bite, melted into our mouths and left us craving for more. And more we did have. From the first bite of our tostada con tomate, to the last lick of crema catalan - Barça provided for a fully enjoyable meal. Although a deviant from traditional tapas, Barça manages to put a modern touch to every flavor.
However don’t take our word for it, have a read what Bouke de Jong had to say about Barça himself!
Q&A with Bouke de Jong, Co-founder of Barça:
Q. Where did the inspiration come to open Barça?
“A friend of ours wrote a concept idea with the name Barça and we both have a lot of interest in the city Barcelona. I’ve lived there for half a year and we have been there a lot of times. It is a wonderful city.”
Q. Maybe you can tell me a bit about the restaurant and its philosophy. What can your guests expect here?
“When guests visit Barça they can count on a complete evening out with the best tapas and a la carte main courses. We’re also opened for lunch and drinks, and our service is one of the best in the neighborhood De Pijp in Amsterdam. On weekend evenings we have dj’s and we also have special events on other evenings. We try to make sure no evening at Barca is the same, you can visit our website for more details about our agenda.
Q.What about the food? What cuisine can we expect? Is it strictly Spanish tapas?
“We serve a combination of different food. Not strictly the traditional Spanish tapas but also the bites you’ll find in Barcelona and the north of Spain (Baskenland).”
Q.What do you think makes it stand out from other places?
“We have a comfortable and trendy atmosphere with good service and good food. The combination is our strength. De Pijp is a popular neighborhood for the kind of people we want to attract to Barça.”
Q.Anything you would like to add about Barça that you think is important for your guests to know?
“On our big sunny terrace we serve lunch, just drinks, simple dinner or a nice menu with lots of open wines (by the glass) and cava! Don’t hesitate to stop by!”
Q. If you could describe Barça in 3 words, what would they be?
Wines, stylish, tapas.